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good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm david muir. it is monday, august 23rd. and this morning, breaking news. now 500 million bad eggs. and the recall could get iger. the number sick from salmonella now tops 2,000 people. why didn't the fda act sooner? robin gets answers from the top. an amazing of survival. 33 workers found alive after 17 days in a collapsed mine. why it could be christmas before they are rescued. and the mysterious illness that sidelines nearly an entire high school football team. and even recalled surgery for three players. a warning for this new school
year. and new details about a fatal whale attack. did seaworld do enough to protect the trainer who lost her life? a former employee speaks out this morning in a "gma" exclusive. good morning monday morning, everyone. we hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. george is off. we're delighted to have david muir here with us. >> always happy to be here. from the crowd over here. >> one person anyway. >> two, by tomorrow. two by tomorrow. >> as you just talked about, david, it's staggering, the number of recalled eggs. we're talking about 550 million. 2,000 people have become sick from the bad eggs. health officials say it could be months before they figure out what caused the contamination. how can you be sure your eggs are safe this morning? also, an intriguing question. who is watching you. listen to this. investigators are using the
popular site google earth to fight crime by zooming right into your backyard. right into your neighborhood. some call it creative policing. others this morning are asking, what about our privacy? it's our own backyard. we'll dive into that. >> we'll do that in our second half hour. we're going to begin with that huge recall of more than 500 million eggs. chris bury is in galt, iowa, and has the latest. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the fda inspectors are here on the scene of the farms. the head of the fda says conditions here were not safe when the outbreak began. not surprising, the owner of this farm and another here in iowa, has been in trouble many times before. the numbers are enough to give anyone shell shock. the recall has grown to more than 500 million eggs, from just 2 farms in iowa that share chickens, chicken feed and an owner. austin "jack" decoster, who is continually drawn the ire of
state and federal regulators. now, what began as a problem in eight states, has more than doubled to 17 states. with close to 2,000 illnesses, identified by the cdc. a number that's expected to grow. seattle attorney drew folingenstein's firm represents more salmonella victims. they're suing one of decoster's companies. >> she was hospitalized for three or four days. and occurred significant, in the tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. >> reporter: but decoster's troubles aren't new. the companies have been charged with 8 major violations over the last 15 years. including a $8.6 million fine for health and safety violations. decoster was also a repeat violator of iowa laws. and was submitted to quit hog farming by the iowa supreme court. and this summer, a $25,000 fine,
after video came out of rule treatment of hens at a farm decoster owns in maine. wright county eggs released a statement. saying our management team hazarded them swiftly and effectively. the fda inspectors have now been here for nearly two weeks, since the outbreak began. no exact cause has been pinpointed. but in cases like this, rodents, particularly mice, are typically to blame. robin? >> all right, chris. thank you very much. fda investigators are trying to track the salmonella contamination back to the source, which, of course, is very important for making sure the nation's egg supply is safe. for more, joining us now from washington, is food and drug commissioner dr. margaret hamburg. dr. hamburg, thanks for being with us this morning. are you any closer this morning to finding the source? >> we don't know exactly how the contamination got into the chicken population, into the egg population. and we're not yet fully sure of
the extent of the recall that will be necessary to protect consumers. but we are very actively engaged. and we are in the midst of probably the largest egg recall that has happened in recent history. >> and as you said, it could be enlarged? the recall? >> well, we have had to extend it a bit over the last week. and we expect there may be some additional sub recalls. the network for the distribution of eggs in this country is very complicated. a couple of farms sell to some wholesal wholesalers, distributors, and food service companies in multiple states. and then, those states may distribute across the nation. >> dr. hamburg, we heard in chris bury's piece about an egg owner austin "jack" decoster, who was labeled as a repeat violator. many folks are asking how can someone like that stay in
business? >> this is the first major food safety issue that i'm aware of associated with his companies. we're, of course, as the food and drug administration, focused on food safety. but we are taking this very, very seriously. and will be working very, very closely with these companies that are owned, at least in part, by him, as we expand our investigation. >> as you said, of course, you are taking this very seriously. do you need more legal power? i think a lot of people would be surprised to find out that you do not have the authority to call for a recall without the approval of the industry. >> well, you are correct. and we are very anxious to see a piece of important legislation currently being considered by congress, be passed. there is an opportunity for this
legislation to extend our authorities, resources, and other important tools, to do traceback of products. to make sure that the companies have the appropriate preventive measures in place. and to enable us to review records in a routine way. >> finally, dr. hamburg, some are in the kitchen this morning. and they're about to prepare breakfast. what do you say to them? >> well, it's very important to prepare your food properly. first of all, keep your eggs refrigerated. then, when you're preparing food, wash your hands first. then, wash your hands after handling eggs. and cook the eggs thoroughly. that means that the egg yolks and the egg whites should be thoroughly cooked. no more runny egg yolks for mopping up with toast. >> you got it. dr. margaret hamburg, thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> important advice, robin. we're going to turn to iraq.
we now know that president obama plans to deliver a major speech on iraq when he returns from vacation, as the last u.s. combat troops leave that country. the combat mission officially ends at the end of the month. but what does that really mean for the u.s. and our involvement there? will this now be mission accomplished? dan harris is in baghdad this morning. dan, good morning. >> reporter: david, good morning to you. there were a pair of bombings overnight here, that killed 1 person and injured 17. while the violence is definitely down here over the last year, it clearly continues. and that may be contributing to what we're seeing here, which is a gap between the american optimism over the troop withdrawal and the iraqi fear. this morning, the u.s. military is touting its drawdown as one of the largest in history. akin to moving a medium-sized city. while the president is planning a major speech to mark the occasion and the top american general in iraq is optimistically predicting that the remaining 50,000 troops here
won't have to resort to combat unless there is a, quote, complete failure of the iraqi army and police. >> but we don't see that happening. they've been doing so well for so long now that we really believe we're beyond that point. >> reporter: even though the iraqi forces have successfully kept down the violence in cities like bad dad for more than a year now, this morning, we found iraqis that do not share the american optimism. with american combat troops leaving, do you think the iraqi army and police can keep this country safe? there will be a huge gap if the american army withdraws all of a sudden, he said. a top iraqi general recently said it will take ten years for the iraqi army to be ready. and check out what this member of parliament told us. >> they have to say this. they can't say they are not ready and we are getting out. >> reporter: one key part of the american plan to reduce combat troops is to bring in an additional 3,000 to 5,000
private security contractors. but that is an incredibly touchy subject with iraqis. >> you say contractor, people say blackwater. you say contractor, people helping, no. contractors are murderers. >> reporter: i want to get back quickly to this question of whether the iraqi troops are ready to take over for the departing americans. to be fair, we have met some iraqis on the street here who are confident in their police and their military. and the u.s. embassy has just announced that iraqi forces are now carrying out 99% of all the security operations in this country right now. david? >> very encouraging number. dan, thanks very much. dan, as you know, the president will be carefully choosing what he says in the speech about iraq, given that turning points in that country have been shaped before. for that, we're going to turn to jake tapper, traveling with the president, on martha's vineyard for vacation. i know you have new reporting on what the president is outlined in the speech.
what have you learned? >> reporter: the speech is scheduled for august 30th. that's the tentative withdrawal ff of troops. the president hopes to accomplish three things. one expressing gratitude to the u.s. forces, military and civilian, for the sacrifices and hard work over the years. two, pointing out he is honoring his commitment. his campaign promise for an orderly and responsible withdrawal for u.s. forces. all forces are scheduled to be out of the country by the end of 2011. three, he'll put iraq in the broader context of challenges. this is not a mission accomplished message. we have a lot to do. we have a lot of challenges. and that's where we need to focus now. david? >> jake tapper, traveling with the president in martha's vineyard. robin? >> all right, david. 33 workers trapped underground in a gold and copper mine in chile, were discovered alive on sunday, 17 somedays after they became trapped.
the miners skrcrawled we are ok. rob nelson is here this morning. >> stories like this rarely have a happy ending. today in chile, they are celebrating. even though, it will be months before the miners are actually freed. families of the 33 trapped miners rejoiced yesterday, after being told their loved ones miraculously are alive and well. >> it's a blessing. i mean, it is amazing that they've survived this long. >> reporter: this is actual video taken of the men while inside the mine. this is 19-year-old jimmy sanchez. on sunday, rescuers were able to lower a small device down to the trapped men. a small video camera was also attached. all 33 of us are fine in the shelter. that was the note that chilean president sebastian core dare ra read aloud. they then planted 33 flags on a
nearby hillside. leila hernandez said she knew her husband was alive. because of the sensitivity of the surrounding rock, it will be two to four months before the miners are actual rescued. >> we will take a couple of months at least because we have to drill over 400 meters of rock. and that will take some time. >> reporter: the challenge, now, is figuring out a way to construct a tunnel wide enough to get the men out safely. now, officials will be able to get food and water to those miners through one of the holes that's already been drilled. the actual rescue will take so long, though, because of the instability of the mine. and because there's just so much rock to drill through. rescuers, robin, are hoping to free them in time for christmas. that's a long time away. >> we'll stay on pins and needles. such encouraging news. welcome to abc. >> good to be here. >> worked in new orleans. >> that's right.
the new orleans connection we have. let's get to juju chang who has the rest of the morning's top stories for us. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the flooding to hit china in more than a decade. new video just in, shows the rising floodwaters that forced the evacuation of 250,000 people near the north korean border. thousands were forced to flee villages on the other side, as well. earlier this month, 1,400 people were killed in a mudslide after days of drenching rain. more controversy over plans to build an islamic center near new york's ground zero. dueling protests drew more than 1,000 people to lower manhattan. opponents say the center must be moved out of respect. gulf coast residents hurt by the oil spill could get a check soon. the $20 billion fund set aside by bp is available, starting today. and the administrators promising a quick turnaround for claims, 48 hours in some cases. but there are strings attached. anyone who gets a lump sum
payment must give up the right to sue bp in court. and finally, betty white is still a white-hot star. the 80-year-old phenom has picked up her fifth emmy of her career for hosting an episode of "saturday night live." besides the hosting duties, white is starring in a new sitcom. and then, there was that unforgettable super bowl ad. and also, because of david muir, prepped the image. >> she was on -- yeah. she was on jay leno. he said look at 1976, when she won her first emmy. and the sequinned dress. he said, betty, check out the cleavage. she said, i still have that. >> 90 never looked so good. >> all right. time, now, for the weather. sam champion. good monday morning to you, sam. >> good morning. it's piling on the pain in some places. it's monday and there's torrential rain there, as well. much of the northeast, we had an
awful lot of flooding problems. that would be a cue for the tape. a cue for the -- there you go. that would be plenty of rain in those areas where there was flooding all over new jersey, from new york to maine. we're watching a lot of this stay for a while. this first system got out of the way. the second system rotates through. it's clouds and moisture and just a while. 73 degrees in new york city. 69 in boston. 71 in portland. here's where the heat goes. there's a lot of people who would take the clouds and showers. lubbock at 101. dallas at 107 degrees. and the circle of suspicion goes right there on danielle. we'll watch this storm move up. but it looks like, over the next few days, this will stay an atlantic storm and not necessarily headed towards land. we'll continue to watch it. that's the second -- if it were to become a hurricane, it would be the second of this season.
70 degrees now in frederick. welcome back to school in frederick county. there is a lot of sunshine in north of metro. we have added cloud cover south of there. we are on our way to 84 degrees this afternoon with increasing crowds and areas of light rain in the afternoon and evening and unsettled into tomorrow. it will be ready tuesday. pick cities of the day would be anywhere seattle all the way to san francisco. gorgeous weather.
david? >> sam, see you shortly here. doctors in oregon this morning, are still trying to figure out what caused nearly an entire high school football team to come down with a rare and mysterious condition. 12 players in the hospital. some in emergency surgery. and doctors say this morning it could serve as a warning for parents and the popular muscle supplements. clayton sandell is in oregon this morning for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, david. this morning, six of the players are still in the hospital here. and when they were admitted, some of the players had 140-times the normal amount of a creatine enzyme in their blood. and doctors still don't know why. instead of running down the field, mcminville high football players are stuck walking hospital hallways, as doctors try to solve a medical mystery. >> we were dropping like flies from practice. >> reporter: last sunday, the grizzlies were getting a tough workout at football camp. by midweek, some feld severe
pain. >> it was like someone was grabbing the back of your tricep and squeezing as hard as they could. >> reporter: in all, 22 kids were rushed to the hospital. 12 were admitted. three had to have emergency surgery. the diagnosis? something called compartment syndrome. in severe cases, damaged muscle tissue in the limbs swells larger than the tissue around it. that puts pressure on nerves and blood vessels. without healthy blood flow, muscles die, leading to toxins that lead to kidney damage. >> the fact that 12 or 13 kids are getting this at the same time is a little strange. i've never seen that. >> reporter: it's so rare, doctors want to know if teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs or supplements. no way, says the players. >> none of the people i was around was taking any kind of supplements. no steroids. nothing. >> reporter: there are questions
about whether coach jeff kiran's workout was too tough. >> we believe it was a strenuous workout. but we don't believe it was excessive. >> reporter: and the players will be released, hopefully, by today or tomorrow. and by wednesday, doctors hope to have results of some more blood tests back that hopefully will provide more clues has to what happened here. david? robin? >> clayton, thanks very much. you heard the player saying they didn't take supplements. there's a lot of pressure on the young players to get bigger and faster before the season starts. >> everyone's behind the new coach. they say it was not anything he did. we'll see. coming up, new details about the fatal killer whale attack at seaworld. did the park do enough to seaworld. did the park do enough to protect the trainer? nt most seasonal nasal allergy symptoms, including congestion, so you can have more symptom-free days. [ female announcer ] side effects were generally mild and included headache, viral infection, sore throat, [ fenosebleeds and coughing. effects were generally mild
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the road toward peace and but in frederick county, maryland and anne arundel county and in the district of columbia, it is the first day of school. this will change our traffic pattern and retain. they have made changes in virginia. there is a traffic pattern changed to the right to get across the bridge. in maryland so far so good for a montgomery county with a nice drive on the beltway and 270. significant cloud cover across the metro area now. in frederick there is nearly total sunshine but we have an unsettled weather pattern. it is a back-to-school week for
some in maryland and the district. that is hard to believe. 71 degrees in quantico. the dew point is a little lower than yesterday's due to the evening cold front yesterday. you will feel the humidity anyway today. we are on our way to the mid- 80's. this will be the hottest all week. it will be in the mid-70's tomorrow. it will be a damp and rainy day tomorrow. >> we will be right back with a look at some of this morning's top local news stories. stay focused, tigers! children: yay, butterflies! youth coaching runs on dunkin'. with our delicious icy mocha beverages. get your summer treat today. america runs on dunkin'.
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the morning bell is about to bring in classrooms across the d.c. area. the new school year begins today in anne arundel county, frederick county, and prince george's county and the district. >> j.o. wilson elementary will be in the spotlight because there is a tightly contested mayoral race going on in the city. the school year starts off in d.c. under intense scrutiny with a heated mayoral race under way. mayor adrian fenty it will make the rounds and talk about how his efforts finally have corrected a faltering system.
he will say that while prior attempts to improve the of the worst school systems in the country have failed miserably, finally there is some signs it is on the right track with improved test scores. vincent gray will make the rounds. his campaign is built on pointing out that he is not adrian fenty. he is a -- he says he is a man who will govern in a more civil and less arrogant way. more teachers lost jobs this summer, those returning today are getting bigger raises. they have incentives and some teachers could make tens of thousands of dollars over last year. chance -- school chancellor michelle rhee and adrian fenty will be at the school today to use this school as an example of how their plan to improve the system works. >> we will back with another
new details, this morning, about the fatal seaworld attack that made headlines all around the world. the trainer was pulled under water by a 6 ton killer whale. federal safety officials are releasing the report today. and we're going to talk to a former seaworld official, who said she was fired for cooperating with investigators and that the park knew the animal was dangerous. we say good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> i'm david muir. george has the week off. well-deserved. coming up this morning, who knew that the newest high-tech crime-fighting tool would be
google earth? they're zooming in on the backyard. they're looking for illegal activity. and whether or not your own backyard and privacy being invaded. >> big brother. big brother. this is really an amazing story of courage and resilience. this little boy suffered burns over two-thirds of his body. he begins a new school year at a new school. and juju will bring us that later. we're going to begin this half hour from the explosive charges of a woman who was working at seaworld, when a trainer was drowned by a 17-foot orca. this comes on the day that the investigative report is going to be released. first, yunji de nies with the theme park tragedy. >> reporter: a tourist home video, captured when the whale
turned on his trainer. >> he jumped up and grabbed the trainer by the waist. and started shaking her violently. and her shoe -- the last thing i saw was her shoe floating. >> reporter: a police report describes multiple trainers attempting to corral tilikum with nets. she did not survive. immediately, questions arose over how this could happen to a 17-year veteran of seaworld. seen here talking about the animal she loved. >> i work with them day in and day out. >> reporter: investigators learned tilly had a violent past, including drowning a trainer at a park in canada. seaworld says they did not allow trainers in the water with tilly. but brancheau, was found in a pool moments before the attack.
this trainer told us the whale was likely intrigued with the pony tail. >> dawn would tell you that that was her mistake, in allowing that to happen. >> reporter: after her death, seaworld barred trainers from being in the water with all killer whales, including at this emotional tribute. today, osha is set to reveal the results of its investigation. how a performance meant to showcase the wonders of whales could have gone horribly wrong. lynde is a simons was hired as sea world's director of health and safety a week before that tragic accident. they say she was fired two months later because seaworld did not want her to speak to osha investigators. and she returns with her attorney, maurice arcadia. good morning. can you take us back to what you
actually witnessed at the park? >> i showed up at the pools where tilikum had taken dawn into. it was very chaotic. a lot of people responded. probably about 85 people responded. but i saw very disturbing images that i felt team members were being placed in danger. there were people in high heels. there were people jumping on the gates that separate the pools. i was concerned about that. when they finally got tilikum in the medical pool and lifted him up, team members were permitted to go into that pool to take dawn out of tilikum's mouth, as he was still thrashing about. >> there were a number of red flags you saw just in responding to the incident. >> i was only there a week when i saw all of that. >> you mentioned you were there for a week. do you believe you had enough time to wrap your head around the rules? the safety regulations there? >> in that week, for animal procedures, i had not gotten
into that. in the investigation in the two months i was there, very in depth into the procedures. and what seaworld allowed to happen. >> but there was a drill, not long before the incident. >> there was an exercise in the beginning of february. before i started. i request the paperwork on that exercise. and it was a very -- less than a page long. a timeline of when people responded. and that's where the critique was. when you have an exercise, you want to know what went well, what went wrong, what needs to be corrected. they said that was not completed because the drill went so badly, that they were going to run another drill. people did not respond. those that did respond, did not respond properly. >> that's incredible. there wasn't even a report because the results were so poor. >> correct. >> there's been so much talk about the tilly talk at the theme park. what's this about? >> the tilly talk is an orientation for anyone coming
into the stadium to work with the whales. whether you've been at sea world in other positions or you're brand-new to seaworld. they talk to you about going in the water with tilly. that if you get into the water with tilly, you will come out a corpse. letting them know how dangerous an animal he is. >> so, that's what they would say? >> yes. >> that you wouldn't come out alive. i want to tell the viewers who seaworld has said in a statement about you and your employment. linda simmons worked for seaworld, only for a few weeks. and was fired not for the reasons she cites. but for poor performance. what's your response to that? >> i never received any feedback, verbal or in writing. from the ceo of the corporation on down, i only received positive comments on my response to the osha investigation. >> i know peta has reached out to you. and osha has written to the governor of florida. maurice, what is osha hoping to get from the governor? >> the same thing we are.
to get to the bottom, and get to the truth. seaworld has manipulated the investigation. and we want an impartial agency to come in and investigate it properly. and linda was prevented from presenting everything that was required by osha. we need to do a better investigation, a better job. and peta and i have the same interests with that. >> linda, are you hoping to see charges in this case? >> i want to make sure that it is investigated. and that the safety of the team members who remain is not jeopardized. >> when you hear about tilly talk and the fact that there was a history with this animal, do you fear this could happen again? >> i think that if they're put into that close proximity, it could easily happen again. >> linda simons, and your attorney, maurice arcaidier, very brave of you speaking here. thank you both. we're going to talk heat. a lot of places in california, the coastal west, have not seen a warm summer yet.
oh, get ready. here it comes. watch this air. and becky worley just tweeted us, she wants warm air in san francisco. get ready, becky. l.a. gets 90, 93, 95. san diego in the 80s. vegas going up to 107. phoenix at 110. it's one of the last holdouts for warm air so far this year. where there has been lots of warm air, there will continue to be. dallas, a record yesterday at 105. that's the real number. today, 107. another record. 102 in oklahoma city. the heat's there. san antonio, as well. and we'll find a place here in new england, where there is no heat. none. a little bit cooler this week. the hottest we should get is mid-80's. we are in the 70 possible right now. we are
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back, now, at 7:42. a new controversy about google earth, the mapping service that used satellite photography to zero in on locations all over the world. including your own backyard. authorities are now using google earth to crack down on building violations and other illegal activities. but is this smart government? or an invasion of your privacy? we turn, now, to becky worley
for some answers, who joins us live at her home in oakland. good morning, becky. >> good morning, robin. your backyard may not be as private as you think it is. but the question, is google earth being used by the authorities? is that the end of privacy as we know it? or is that, in the face of slashed municipal budgets, just resourceful governance? just inland from the famed hamptons is riverhead, new york. and as you zoom in on the aerial map of this town, you might see a swimming pool or two. and that's exactly what the city building inspector noticed. using google earth, he found 250 unpermitted pools. and was able to collect $75,000 in fines, all from homeowners who never filled out the proper paperwork. >> an effort to make backyard pools safer in new york has drawn some criticism. >> this is like an "1984" nightmare. >> reporter: it has been used
elsewhere. in florida, police look for the owner of an illegally dumped boat, by searching nearby marinas with google earth. and in wisconsin, authorities used google earth to find a suspected marijuana field. >> google has become the eye in the sky. it's very useful for us when we're looking down at the effort. and maybe getting direction. or trying to imagine what a far-off place looks like. >> reporter: but what has privacy advocates worried, is the idea of the government, big brother, using the tools to look into your backyard. >> when private companies collect this information, when they use it and sell it, for example, i think you run into a different set of issues. and there, the law is not so clear. >> reporter: the supreme court has ruled that aerial photography of your backyard is legal. there's no expectation of privacy in areas visible from above. and google says, google earth is built from information that's available from a broad range of both commercial and public
sources. the same information is available to anyone who buys it from these widely-available public sources. >> we can make this easy. >> reporter: but as this ad for tax amnesty in pennsylvania shows, the fear of government surveillance is a powerful force. >> your name is tom. you live just off of 5th street. you owe pennsylvania $4,212. >> there are privacy risks, with new technologies. and perhaps, that we shouldn't simply accept those risks. that maybe there should be some new laws and some limitations on how data's collected and used. >> now, there are many sides to this issue. google says, hey. google earth has been used many times in emergency response, like during hurricane katrina. and police use its often in search and rescue operations. but on the other side of the coin, privacy advocates are pointing to the german model that was instituted just last week. they give their citizens to opt out of google street view. if residents choose to do so, they can ask google to blur the
image of their house. robin? >> becky, these images are not in real-time. it's not live video. >> no. according to google, these are images that are an average, one to three years old. i just checked images of my neighborhood. they're from last summer. it's not like the movie "conspiracy theory," where they're zooming into live action. >> that's nice to know. becky, you can go back to tweeting sam about the weather. thanks, becky. wonder if tweet is a new world in the dictionary. "around the watercooler," we're going to talk about new words. and in our next half hour, remember the young boy burned over two-thirds of his body? we'll hear from him as he starts the new school year.
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>> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning, it is 7:56 on this monday, august 23. i am scott thuman with your local update. we have plenty of traffic but no major problems. beltway and interstate travel looks pretty good. watch out for the school buses this morning. here is a picture of traffic in maryland.
270 is great at falls road getting down to the lane divide. no problems on the beltway at connecticut ave. plenty of traffic on 66 and 95 in virginia. pretty decent near the pentagon. here is a live look at the nation's capital and look at the conditions of this guy from the north of town. we are partly cloudy but up in frederick, nearly total sunshine. it is 74 degrees at reagan national airport. we are on our way to 84 degrees which will be one of the hottest days all week. it looks like a rainy day tomorrow. we have a major traffic
♪ she's got the look she's got the look ♪ ♪ she's got the look she's got the look ♪ [ applause ] the reason we're playing "she's got the look," if you're putting on your makeup right now before you head out, you'll want to see what's really in that lipstick, that powder. what's really in the makeup you wear every day. the hidden ingredients may change your morning routine. we say good morning, america. george is off. we're glad to have david here with us. >> glad to be here. always glad to be by yourself
side, robin. i noticed in the wee hours of this morning, you were humming a few tunes. where were you this weekend? >> i went to the brad paisley concert in foxborough. his h2o tour. if he's coming near you, you have to get out of there. and you were dancing in the stands. >> i know you were working hard on saturday. >> that's how we roll. also coming up this half hour, we'll never forget the story of michael. he was the boy who was bullied in school. burned over 60% of his body. juju has been tracking him every step of the way. he's heading back for a new school year this year. it's a heart warming update. >> that's coming up in minutes. also, the new study that reveals the true connection between sleep and school grades. bedtimes may change tonight after you see this report. speaking of juju, let's get to her and the news right now. >> my sons will be bummed out after that report. let's get to the news.
the massive egg recall is growing even bigger this morning. expanding to a staggering 500 million eggs in 17 states. close to 2,000 people have been sickened by salmonella. and the fda has yet to acknowledge it has pinpointed the source of the contamination. the company that owns the two farms linked to the eggs has had a history of violations. more than 2,000 feet under ground in chile, 33 miners dropped for 17 days have been found alive. a droeb reached them in an emergency shelter, stocked with some food and water. a camera sent down has captured the first pictures. but it could take months to drill a shaft big enough to free them. in pakistan, epic flooding has left 6 million homeless. and just now, aid is reaching some of the country's southern regions. lama hasan is there. lama? >> reporter: you don't have to travel far to see the scale of the disaster. we're half an hour away from the capital, islamabad.
and the floodwaters have risen again. 4 million people are now homeless. they're desperate for food, clean water and shelter. we met the khan family living in a tent in this overcrowded camp. they have seven kids. his wife says their 1 1/2-month-old daughter won't accept my milk, she tells us. almost everywhere we go, we hear the same stories. they're hungry. they have no basic medical care and no sanitation. a breeding ground for diseases. although the flooding has killed 1,600 people so far, the monsoon season isn't yet over. the worst may be yet to come. juju? >> lama hasan in the flood zone. new rules to prevent credit card fees from running away are banned. other fees like if you don't use your card. and if your company raises your interest rate, it must explain why.
and an explosive combination bursting into the record books. it was the most sult erupting mentos guisers. the trickiest part was getting everybody to drop the candies into the bottle at the same time. that's the news at 8:04. time, now, for the weather with sam. everyone's wearing rain jackets sam. >> i think that's the world's largest dry cleaning bill, as well. you think? you're standing there. and it's a rain of mentos and drink. it was diet pepsi? >> diet coke actually. i don't want to encourage anyone related to me to try this. >> no. none of the boys at home this morning for breakfast. >> exactly. >> juju, imagine. good morning, everybody. how are you doing? this morning on "gma," we disprove the theory that love does not last. we have a 30-year anniversary, right? tell us your names. and a 48. who is the 48? >> grandparents. >> oh, tell me their names.
>> sam and ann marie. >> good guess. >> and a 40. >> 40th anniversary yesterday. >> congratulations. see there? love lasts. let's get to the boards. one or two things to show you as you walk out the door. all of your twitter pictures from florida this morning. it's a sunny start. and a look at how we have big changes coming. cooler air sweeps into the country for a quick change. it's a little cool and cloudy in new england. welcome back to school in laurel. some clouds are moving overhead but there is a lot of sunshine outside across most of the region. we are expecting increasing clouds with an upper level pressure system. for the most part, in the mid
70's, on our way to the mid 80's. inside audience, where it's warm and dry. david? >> great audience, sam. so many of you at home likely remember the story of michael brewer, the young boy who was allegedly attacked by bullies. burned over 60% of his body. he's getting ready to start a new school year at a new school. and juju has been tracking his progress. this is him. he looks great. >> reporter: >> this is him. imagine how painful it is when you get a burn. imagine that over two-thirds of your body. that's what michael brewer had to deal with. he's a stunning testament to the resilience of children and the power of a mother's devotion. i spent time with him on his first day of school, as david said. it's a new school. and we'll look at his recovery
so far. at first glance, he could be any kid playing ball. i read that the baseball helps you with your flexibility, too. >> yeah. it stretches me pretty good. >> reporter: but ten months ago, this kid was on the brink of death. >> a little boy just caught on fire. and he jumped into the swimming pool. sweetie, how did this happen? >> somebody put stuff on me. >> reporter: just one day after his 15th birthday, michael brewer was set on fire by kids he called friends. bullies who had been threatening him, claiming he owed $40 for a video game. one doused him with rubbing alcohol. another had a lighter. michael ran frantic to a swimming pool and jumped in. 12 minutes later he was being medevaced to a trauma unit. his very survival, a race against the clock. >> michael certainly was in severe risk of dying. he would have had any one of a number of complications that could have led to his death in materially stage of his burn. >> they didn't really tell me how bad it was. they kept it from me.
we almost lost him several times. his kidneys started to fail. he had problem with his heart. we were very lucky. and i know it was his sheer will, determination to get better. >> reporter: with horrifying burns over two-thirds of his body, he lay in the icu for two weeks in a medically-induced coma, to help him cope with the unspeakable pain. it was six weeks before he was able to tell investigators what happened to him. >> do remember what they said? what they told you? >> zeke said, nobody's going to hit you. but then, somebody poured something on me. and cutting me on fire. then, i started running and i jumped into the pool. >> reporter: then, his hardest work began. multiple surgeries for skin grafts. weeks of grueling physical therapy. what was the hard part for you? >> showers. >> reporter: i heard you called it torture time. how come? >> it stung really bad.
>> reporter: how do you describe that kind of pain? >> agony. >> it was just incredible. you could hear him screaming all the way down the hallway. >> reporter: from the music of ozzy osbourne, to the good wishes of strangers, he had lots of help. what drove you? what inspired you? ♪ mother earth and light >> family and prayers. >> it's quite overwhelming. it is just incredible, the support that we got from every level. the generosity of everybody. their prayers. >> makes me feel great that all those people believed in me. kept me going. >> michael? >> reporter: on this day, michael started at a new school. today was a big day for you? >> yeah, it was. >> reporter: first day of school. what's it like going to a new school? >> kind of hard, making new friends.
and getting along with people. >> reporter: were you able to meet some new friends? make some new -- >> yeah. >> reporter: what was that like? wandering the halls of a new school? >> pretty good. >> reporter: all in all, pretty good first day. >> yeah. >> reporter: that's good. despite appearances, he's far from fully healed, both physically and emotionally. i heard you're having nightmares a little bit? >> i don't know about them. >> i know about that. dad knows about them. we hear -- he screams out in the middle of the night. he sleeps through it. >> when i wake up, i don't hear anything about it. >> it helps me a little bit to know he doesn't remember. >> reporter: he does, however, remember the attack. and wants to speak out against bullying. if a kid's being bullied, you think he should seek a grown-up? >> yeah. >> reporter: how come? >> mostly, if you try to take it out yourself, they're going to do something even worse or kill
you. >> we can't forget what happened to him. we can't forget what has happened to other children. and we have got to take a stand. these children are our future. do we really want this to be our future? >> now, the three boys accused of attacking michael are being tried as adults and could each face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. the younger brother of one of the accused came forward to apologize. but michael's mother, valerie, said, while she is ready to forgive, not everyone is. the brewer family would like to thank everyone who donated food, services and everything for michael's recovery. and you can go to abc.com/"gma," to see their message of thanks. >> the hardest part to be the showers. to think of that, and to teach you how to skateboard. he was showing you how it's done.
>> he taught me how to skateboard. every time he got on the skateboard, my heart skipped a beat. he was adorable, to teach me his tony hawk moves. i look so elegant, don't i? >> you've outdone yourself. i know we have much more coming up on this tonight on "nightline." incredible story, juju. coming up on "good morning america," reading the label isn't enough. you heard robin talk about this earlier. the secret ingredients in your earlier. the secret ingredients in your makeup. annutri-grain -- one good decision... ♪ ...can lead to another. ♪ ♪ ...made with real fruit and now with more of the whole grains your body needs. nutri-grain can help you eat better all day. nutri-grain can help you here, take the card. you go to the shops... i'll meet you at the gate. thanks. please remove all metal objects out of your pockets.
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>> reporter: some people go to great lengths for beauty. but you may not realize how far you're willing to go. we focus on popular cosmetics that can only be described as, well, revolting. take a look at the ugly truth behind the beauty business. if most women only knew, just what's lurking in the beauty products they use every day. the truth would be downright horrifying. >> placenta from cattle. insect parts. fat scraped from the skin of emu. >> reporter: you heard right. from the potions we put on our bodies, to the cosmetics we cake on our face, there can be some pretty nasty things in those ingredients. >> products on store shelves can have a wide range of unsavory ingredients. >> reporter: like this stuff. that's dried whale vomit.
it's used to bring out the aromas in high-end french fragrances. >> i'm shocked to hear about what's in there. it's repulsive. >> i'm revolted by it. >> reporter: it's not just fancy or exotic products. things that make you say yuck can be found in everyday essentials. like this makeup that i put on each morning before i go on "gma." eww. take your favorite red lipstick, what gives it that crimson color? ground-up beatles. >> the acid is extracted from the beetle. and the amount of bugs they need to harvest is a lot. >> reporter: that beetle juice by-product can be find in 500 lipsticks. >> you probably use it in every, single shade. >> reporter: no what can help give the shimmer to your nail polish? the scraped off scales of dead fish.
>> it's ground up fine because it has an iridescent quality to it. >> reporter: and eat lett's not forget facial cleansers. the key ingredient in some, the fat scraped from animal carcasses. >> tallow is based on animal fat. >> i was choose not to use those products because i wouldn't want to put that on me. >> reporter: knowing what really goes into the things we put on our faces and bodies can be shocking. but the real question is, is any of it harmful? >> the ones that are commonly used are typically very safe to use. >> reporter: when a woman is applying her lipstick, she doesn't have to conjure images of beetles on her lips? >> chances are, there may be small amounts. really more extracts than the whole product. >> reporter: but some cosmetics industry watchdogs say you should watch out for harmful
ingredients. like the afterbirth or placenta of cow and sheep products. >> this can contain hormones and come through the skin. >> reporter: it turns out, beauty isn't just in the eye of the beholders. it's also in the cripy crawly animal parks that enhance our looks. don't shoot the messenger here. i brought in some of the products that you may find in your makeup bag. this is actually fat trimming from dead carcasses used in things like lotion and stuff, once they are conjured up with other products. this is not a typical russian breakfast. this is the fish scales they use that go into things like the nail polish. >> and the snails? >> the snails keep you looking young. they come at a price. and they're alive. >> i can see them. thanks a lot. you talk about being unsavory. i'm glad you asked dr. doris day about, are they harmful for us? >> most experts say they're not because they don't know the
long-term effects. but a lot of the cosmetics aren't regulated by the fda. we don't know what the effects will be. so far, the experts seem to say that they are safe. >> you have to look and see what's in them. the ingredients. but you really have to make sure you keep the packaging. you're not going to see beetle parts. >> they come up with other scientific names because they break the products down. they mix them with other chemicals. and it sounds more -- you can buy something called carmine. but you're not going to buy snails. >> how do you know? >> you can go to our website. abcnews.com and you can type in any ingredient. and they can tell you what it's found in. >> nice shade of lipstick. >> beetle juice. >> you heard her, go to our website. just to get out of bed. then...well, i have to keep winding myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the trouble concentrating, the lack of energy. [ male announcer ] if depression is taking
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keeping you full and focused with more than double the fiber and whole grain... in every tasty bite -- frrrrrrosted mini-wheeeeats! >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> and good morning everyone. i am alison starling and the time is 8:25. let's look at traffic and weather. it is back to school and that means that every routine will change. even if you don't have kids going to school and you have to commute, the story is not about the major roads. it is about the mate -- neighborhoods. traffic pattern changed northbound 395 and the 14th street bridge with one claimed left the open and two to the right to get through.
this is the only delay on 395. in maryland, southbound to 70 near falls road had a broken down vehicle on the shoulder. 8:26 and scattered clouds over the area. 75 degrees at reagan national airport. welcome back to school in frederick. we will have increasing clouds outside with temperatures in the mid-80's. lights sprinkles should develop in the afternoon and evening hours. there will be areas of rain through the night and off and on into tomorrow. it will not be noticeably cooler tomorrow.
summer is over for hundreds of thousands of students. today anne arundel, d.c., frederick county, will go back to school. this summer has been marked by budget cuts, layoffs, and more questions about city leadership. >> the school year in the seats -- starts in a heated mayoral race. adrian fenty and michelle rhee will impress upon people the harsh medicine they have dished out. vincent gray will be touring the schools pointing out that he is not adrian fenty.
teachers start the year with the potential to have fatter wallets with pay raises and incentives. they could make thousands more than last year while students could get leaner with healthier food options. the beginning of the school europe means a financial drain for many local county families. many parents and prince george's county -- in prince george's county were buying school supplies this past weekend. the list gets more expensive every year. >> to me, the ziploc a gallon bags are a lot and a clorox disinfectant wipes and the hand sanitizer bought some stuff is much. it is excess of. >> wheat price check the items that one school was requesting for fourth graders on a pile cost came to more than $150. we checked schools and other counties and the situation is
similar. we will have another update at 8:56. for continuous news coverage, tune in to tbd news on news channel 8. ♪ will i will i, will i ♪ "american idol" champ, broadway star, fantasia will be here live tomorrow. her first television appearance since the hospitalization. and she's going to perform the hit from her new cd. fantasia will be here live tomorrow morning in times square. come on back and join us. you're going to come back and join us again, aren't you, david? >> i'm going to try. >> george is off today. >> i'm david muir. good morning, america. and the question this half
hour, can more zs lead to more as? mr. marie is here, to say what's good in getting a good night's sleep. what to look for. >> so crucial. and times are tough. no doubt about it. if you have a spare $100 for the month, fox financial expert, jerry willis, says doing the right thing, save it, invest it, spend it, could pay dividends. and she's here live for smart options for every age group. and wear going to turn to our be inspired series. our little marysol, star rugby player? who knew? anyway, she has an extraordinary story of devotion and perseverance. we love her. she's our champ. she has a champion story coming up. speaking of champions -- >> we have to keep you for the week, david. >> very smooth. >> i want to run over there and -- marysol? >> yes. >> i haven't -- i haven't seen
marysol. >> here is the scroll. >> how are you? i didn't know you were here. one or two things going on this morning we want to talk about quickly. we will mention the fact that this cool air is staying all the around northern new england for a while longer today. there it is. and even for the next couple of days. i feel like it will be wednesday or thursday when we snap the cool streak. >> i think it will be thursday or friday. >> temperatures are in the mid- 70's and we are on our way only to the mid-80's. tomorrow we will have a rainy day. tomorrow we will have a rainy day. since we were doing all that, we didn't get to more of the
weather. all of that weather was brought to you by kellogg's frosted miniwheats. let me show one more board. we will do the high temperatures. san antonio, about 104. it stays very hot. are you going with this, too? all week long in texas. >> all week long in texas. they haven't been out of the 100s, the entire week of august. they tell me that robin got to her chair. >> you and i need to shut up. >> we're quiet. >> we love having extra weather. thanks, sam. in today's "america's money," everyone is looking to stretch their wallet in any way possible, if you're a college kid heading back to school or on the cusp of retirement. it turns back 100 extra dollars can pay huge dividends. what should you do with it? we asked geri willis. >> thank you. good to be here. >> $100. in tough times, you can put
together $100. what if you're thinking about retirement? what can $100 a month do? >> $100 a month doesn't sound like much money. it's not the money you have, it's how you spend it. if you're close to retirement, you want to think about getting an index fund. at charles schwab, you can buy an index fund for 100 bucks. lots of diversification. >> you have children. and you want to teach them about investing and about money. what can you teach them? >> one of my favorite things to do is oneshare.com. you can buy a single share of a stock. you get a single stock. they frame that stock certificate. it's cool-looking. she can get involved in how all of this works. >> never too early to plant that seed. there are some people who say, if i have an extra $100, i don't want to keep it.
i don't want to do for myself. i want to do for others. thinking about being philanthropic. >> there's great ways to do that. you can have a lot of fun. kiva.org gives microloans. heifer.org you can buy a cow for a family in a third-world family. and americanforest.org, you can buy a tree. 1 tree, $1. $100, 100 trees. >> i've been doing reporting on this. there was a group of young women in guatemala. that $100 goes a long way. >> oh, yeah. >> you're right about that. some people say, i want to save it. i want to save that $100. put it under the mattress. >> absolutely. you need three months worth of living expenses for the emergency fund. a lot of people don't do it. you really need to have it. do it online. you make a little extra
interest. and that little extra interest can make a big difference over time. >> take it out of the mattress. >> yeah. >> if you want to invest, some people think they need more than $100. that's not true. >> not at all. do something as simple as going to your kitchen to find investments that you want to put money down on. welltree and public now, want to know what americans, women, moms want to buy. you know what's in your pantry, that people are interested in. whole foods, folks are trying to be smart about what they're eating. jam, smuckers, pbjs. the jiff brand and jams and jellies. we're cooking and not going out. chipotle is a chain of restaurants that people are interestinged in. they're doing the healthy eating. >> you know what you like. chances are, if you like it, other people do, too.
ready for the lightning round? >> let's do the lightning round. >> if you're a college kid, what do you do? >> save it for the debt. 30% of people attending private colleges, are in default. pay down the debt. >> a new mom. >> start now. start before the kid is born saving. >> there is a new program a lot of people maybe don't know about if you want to save for college for your child. >> there's an i.r.a. type investment product that you can use to save for your child's, you know, education, over time. remember, this is going to cost you tens of thousands of dollars. the costs are going up, up, up. people need help out there with it. if you give your child money to get started with, don't rob from your retirement savings. >> and if you're a couple about to retire. >> save more money for retirement. a lot of people, way behind now. they don't have enough money put together. you have to put all extra dough against that retirement.
♪ i got to go back back to school ♪ back to school. yes, it's that time of year. a look at "america's health" a recent study shows that the less sleep children get the lower the math and literacy scores. that makes sense. what is surprising is if you add a little more sleep to that overnight hour, it will make a huge difference. dr. marie savard is here. >> hi, david. >> let's get the bottom line on bedtime. when should kids be going to bed? >> i want to emphasize. the single-most helpful predictor to a child's performance that you control, is sleep. one hour difference. going to bed one hour earlier, will pack on a lot, in terms of literacy and math skills. >> and a newborn to 10 years old, is 9:00 p.m.? >> kids between 5 and up to 12, should get 9 to 11 hours of
sleep. high school kids, teenagers should get 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours. they're not doing that. they're getting up at 6:00 in the morning. they have to go to bed at 9:00 or 10:00. not happening. >> an adult? >> should be getting 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours. we need to be role models for our children. >> here in the morning on "good morning america." one of the things you say, is you have to keep this going seven days a week. the notion of catching up on the weekend, you don't buy. >> you can't catch up. that's a myth. the truth is, the kids on the weekend, think they're going to catch up. and, two, they start staying up later. that's changing your is a kadian rhythm. it's almost like jet lag. if you're staying up three hours later each night over the weekend, it's the same as if you have flown threw at least time zones. keep that regular structure all over the week.
>> you draw the correlation to grades. but it's more than that. >> we have heard about obesity and weight gain when you don't get enough sleep. but there's been studies recently that looked at car crashes. and they found that high school kids who actually -- they start school about an hour later, instead of 7:30 or 8:30, they reduce the car accidents anywhere between 16% to 20%. it's a relationship and something i think schools need to think about. but it would upset a lot of things, like the after-school sports activities. we need to prioritize. >> if we can't change the school day, make the bedtime earlier. you mentioned sport there's. you're not suggesting people jump off the team or get rid of football practice? >> no. the opposite is shown to be true. those kids that sleep more, can perform better, can be involved in more activities and keep up their grades. sleep is a priority. but you can add on the things. you might have to eliminate things like television at night,
which is even stimulating and some of the video games. >> even for the children that do get to bed on time, there's warning signs during the night, that they might not be getting the sleep they need. >> that's true. it's important. a number of kids can have sleep problems. really should talk to your doctor. first, snoring. 15% of kids are snoring. and for children, it can deprive the brain of oxygen. >> and what about medications? a lot of kids suffer from adhd. but you say that's a direct line. >> up to 25% of kids with attention deficit disorder, might have a sleep disorder. and they're being misdiagnosed. if they got the sleep that they needed, got that help, maybe they could avoid the medication. and the medication can interfere with sleep. adderall, for example, just take it in the morning. don't take it at night. and the things that speed you up, like the cold tablets. >> and a few seconds left.
what about the notion of the power nap. does it work for kids? >> it doesn't work. it makes you feel better. but a nap doesn't change your intellectual skills. a nap is good. but it's not going to do it. >> so, it doesn't make them solve the puzzle quicker. >> always great having you here. coming up on "good morning america," you should know you can find more on the sleeping at abcnews.com. and marysol has been an inspiration for me. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill, because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for just $99.99 a month. and here's a special bonus:
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♪ don't stop believing now, for our "be inspired" series, rugby is one of the fastest-growing sports in north america, according to the u.s. rugby organization. last year, more than 100,000 kids in the u.s. played rugby for the first time. it's even going to be reinstated as an olympic sport in 2016. it hasn't been an olympic sport
since 1924. and our own marysol castro is a former player. she put on her rugby gear again to check in with a special group of kids here in the u.s., whose lives were changed by the sport. i took a sneak peek at the piece. it's beautiful. >> reporter: i know as an athlete, you're going to enjoy this piece. it's the last thing you'd expect the kid from the bronx to play. rugby. you're about as likely to find a rugby ball as you are to find a white picket fence. and when the field is a concrete pavement in front of your apartment, being an athlete is anything but easy. but with fierce tenacity, one kid did it. it turns out a high school teacher in the bronx helped make it happen. in 1995, newly-elected south african president nelson mandela, saw rugby as a tool to inspire unity among countrymen,
alienated from each other for so many years, by apartheid. >> i welcome you all. >> reporter: ten years later in bronx, new york, high school teacher lisa lake had a similar vision. use rugby to inspire her students, alienated from society by gangs, poverty and a life of crime. >> they need to get into college. >> reporter: much of the rugby fields provided common ground in south africa, it began to provide firm ground for this unlikely group of high school athletes, who i first met in 2008, when i joined them for a memorable practice session. >> pass the ball. >> reporter: as a former rugger and a bronx native myself, i'm particularly inspired by one of those incredible athletes. arnold shaben. a child of the bronx housing projects. one of the toughest places a kid can grow up in new york city. >> i want to say it's true because i lived here all my
life. but other people looking in, it's probably the worst place to be in the bronx. >> reporter: adopted as a baby, he grew up in a loving home. but the projects could be cold when his brother was killed in a gang fight. >> there's so much outside pressure and things that can happen. >> reporter: arnold and his classmates were assistant at first. but lisa and her partner, annie, were trying to convince them. >> once we got there, they loved it. >> it was a contact sport. where you could hit people and not get in trouble for it. it taught me self-discipline and respect for people. before, i was a pretty bad kid. i'll admit it. >> reporter: despite the daily realities of their personal lives, the kids stuck with it. >> it helps to stay on a path. extreme discipline. to travel on public transportation for two or three hours, to come down out of their
borough, to make it happen. >> reporter: and the payoff has been huge for lisa and annie's players. 100% of them graduated from high school this year. one valedictorian, one saluatorian, and all going to college. >> rugby has helped me to stay on track. >> reporter: what does your mother say? what advice did she say to you as you were leaving for college? >> keep pushing. don't let anything happen me. not even me. >> reporter: not even me. at penn state, arnold is studying the study of human movement. and movement is what arnold is all about. this summer, he was invited for the second time to play rugby at the prestigious sharks academy in durbin, south africa. for the young man who has come so far, it's more than the dream of a lifetime.
having opened the eyes of south africa to its own possibilities, rugby has opened arnold's eyes to dreams he had never achieved. >> he's grown up so much. especially as a player and a man. >> reporter: a man whose goals on the field has inspired his goals in life. >> keep pushing yourself to be somebody. that's a goal that everybody's life. to be somebody. and look out and you can go out there and be somebody. >> arnold -- i carry a little piece of arnold with me everywhere i go. he and his coaches are inspiring. who could believe he could play rugby? two women came out of nowhere. and he's going to penn state. that's no easy school to get into school. we're keeping tabs on him. making sure he can finish his major. i would never want to play against him. >> you were a rugger.
>> i was a scrum happen. i was a rugger. i left those days behind me. part of my contact involves this and lens. >> this is a moneymaker. >> i don't know if this is the moneymaker. but this is what people see. i have to keep it as much intact as possible. >> thank you for bringing this to us. quite an inspiration. we would love to know from people. let us know who inspires you. and for more information on the new york rugby club and rugby and for more information on the new york rugby club and rugby club
all right. it's the end of the show. >> fantasia is coming up tomorrow morning. her version of the story. >> she is doing well. and she has a new cd out, as well. and mellody hobson joins us with her back to school money. not back to school for you guys yet? >> oh. either that or they're playing hookie. >> see you tomorrow morning. >> have a great day, everybody. >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> and good monday morning once
again. i am alison starling with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. kids are going back to school? we had a minor crash on 29 southbound in maryland. the delays began after randolph role. ad. that is into silver spring. virginia has settled down early. 66 and 95 are good. there is road works outbound out of newington to get to route 1 woodbridge. the topside of the beltway in montgomery county has heavy traffic from 952 georgia ave. metro rail is a normal service. there is scattered cloud
cover across the area right now. further north of town in frederick there is total sunshine. the the dew point is comfortable at 60 -- 56. it is not as humid today and not as hot this week. 84 will be a high temperature with some clouds and light rain showers that should develop. we will have that for the day tomorrow. it will be mid 70's for tuesday. today is the first day of school for students and anne arundel, frederick, and prince george's county and the district. more transit police of the stores are riding on trains and officers will be talking with students about appropriate behavior. we thank you for watching. we will be back at noon.